The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 10: Author's Purpose Seminar

This The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 10: Author's Purpose Seminar lesson plan also includes:

Why did Chinua Achebe write "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness" in response to Conrad's novel? As part of a study of Things Fall Apart, class members conduct a socratic seminar focused on Achebe's purpose and writing style in both his novel and his essay.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If class members are unfamiliar with Backchanneling, conduct a brief mini-lesson on the procedure
Classroom Considerations

  • The 10th in a 13-lesson unit, designed specifically for identified gifted and talented learners, that uses a variety of texts to explore the concept of diversity and the challenges of communicating across diverse cultures
  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart serves as the anchor text for the unit
  • The Backchanneling group will need access to computers and the Internet
Pros

  • The six-page packet includes the plan, links to Backchanneling resources, to Achebe's essay, the text of "In His Own Words: Achebe on Writing," and directions for the Socratic Seminar
Cons

  • None